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Study of Entrepreneurial Students’ Perceptions of the Impact of Digital Literacy Skills on Their Future Career: Evidence from Tunisian Higher Education

  • Souad Kamoun-ChoukEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1027)

Abstract

Entrepreneurs need early access to information to seize the opportunities offered by the economic environment and avoid threats that could undermine their businesses. In the age of the internet economy, speed of access to information is dependent on the young entrepreneurs’ mastery of technological tools that promote access to the right information at the right time. The skills in digital literacy in terms of selection, interpretation and knowledge construction and also in terms of communication and insertion in the digital culture are essential to face the competition and to be competitive. The role of education is important here to prepare literate entrepreneurs.

By conducting a qualitative study using a focus group technique with entrepreneurship students at the Tunisian University level, we aimed to deeply explore: (1) the familiarity of the students with Digital Literacy, (2) students’ perception of the knowledge acquired through their education programs and if it seemed to them sufficient compared to the competences that they perceived as necessary for their future job as entrepreneurs. The results show that the concept and the skills it contains were a discovery for the students. The focus group was also an opportunity for students to collectively reflect on their training and their ability to launch themselves as future entrepreneurs.

Keywords

Digital literacy Information literacy Competence Entrepreneurship Education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Tunis, LIGUE Research LaboratoryCampus Universitaire de La ManoubaManoubaTunisie

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